A commentary on how educators, librarian, professors, and administrators need to find a way to come together and push for a solution for access to audiobooks (and ebooks) in libraries and education institutions.
Audiobooks have an important place in learning any language alongside an appreciation of literature.
"AudioGO has partnered with Lorito Books...to expand its Spanish-language audiobook offerings for children. 'This collection is dedicated to building second-language skills through the use of audiobooks and quality children’s Spanish literature'."
While AudioGo expresses its support of second-language acquisition, it is also a powerful addition to collections with Spanish-speaking populations - honoring the first languages of our communities and their proficiency in their first language to better acquire English as their second language. The possibilities!
"Because John [Green]'s books are so human and dialogue heavy, they make for great audiobooks if read by the right voice...listening to someone else read it just brings it to life in a way that reading it silently to yourself can't."
‘The British Library is today releasing a new audio CD, Shakespeare’s original pronunciation, featuring speeches and scenes performed as Shakespeare would have heard them. Although there have been a handful of attempts to perform Shakespeare in the original pronunciation on stage...this is the first time that recordings have been made available worldwide for study and enjoyment."
Shakespeare's plays are an integral part of the literary canon taught to teenagers in our schools. The Acts / Scenes of his play in the original language is bound to add to the discussion.
Harold Bloom, the literary critic, once expressed doubt about the audiobook. “Deep reading really demands the inner ear as well as the outer ear,” he told the Times. “You need the whole cognitive process, that part of you which is open to wisdom."
Opinions do defer on this topic though. John Colapinto reminds us of humanities long tradition of oral storytelling and suggests the argument "that our brains were first (and thus best?) adapted to absorb long, complex fictions by ear, rather than by eye."
When you tell your students and younger patrons about SYNC, have them whip out their cell phones. If they TEXT syncya to 25827 they will get an email alert each time a new pair of free audiobooks is ready to download this summer.
Last year, more than 850,000 blind or physically handicapped people got free audiobooks in the mail through the Library of Congress. Some of these titles are not available in an audiobook format for general listeners.
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